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Ljungberg to Make MLS Debut for Seattle Saturday

Although not quite fit enough to go a full 90 minutes, Swedish international Freddie Ljungberg is set to make his MLS debut on Saturday when the Sounders host Real Salt Lake, meaning fans could be treated to the first episode of the exciting new "Fredy and Freddie Show" that has the potential to upstage "Grey's Anatomy" as the best week-in, week-out drama coming out of Seattle.

Having undergone rehabilitation from hip surgery during the offseason, Seattle's "Designated Player" was forced to miss the home opener at Qwest Field last week, but has been a full participant in practice in this week. Although he hasn't played in a competitive match since representing his native country in Euro 2008 last June, Ljungberg could potentially play 60-70 minutes, says Coach Sigi Schmid, but then "might not be able to get out of bed for two days."

Once at full fitness, Ljungberg is expected to assume the team's playmaking role and set up the likes of crafty MLS Player of the Week Fredy Montero and target forward Nate Jaqua, saying "The coach wants me to have the ball a lot and control the game a lot, so that's probably how it will be."

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